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2023 NJFPA Annual Conference 

Overwhelmingly you have said that one of the biggest challenges you are facing is workforce. From hiring and retention of your own employees to driver shortages and port personnel logistics affecting your processes and profits. How can NJ businesses stay ready for anything?

As many of you know, the NJFPA Annual Conference is planned by members, for members. The education committee is building on some of our most popular topics from last year. For instance, bringing in students to talk about apprenticeships and hiring practices. 

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NJMEP Manufacturing Day and Survey Results

What do YOU think is the most urgent issue facing NJ businesses?

Online and at our booth at the NJMEP Manufacturing Day Celebration we asked people to drop a business card in what they thought was the biggest challenge facing NJ businesses today. What should we be planning the annual NJFPA Conference around? (OK we did bribe them with a chance at Eagles / Flyers /Conference tickets. Winners to be announced shortly.) We asked them to choose between:

  1. Workforce
  2. Transportation / Logistics
  3. Agility (How can you plan when everything keeps changing!)
  4. Other

The winner by a landslide was workforce.

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2023 NJFPA Conference Save the Date!

March 16-17, 2023 - Atlantic City

In 2023, the New Jersey Food Processors Association will again gather on March 16-17 in Atlantic City to share ideas, benchmark industry trends, and network amongst peers. This is a cornerstone program for the NJFPA that continues to grow its reach and engagement.

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FREE Event: Resources for Growth Small Business

FREE Event: Resources for Growth Small Business - NJBAC /NJ State Chamber/Chamber of Commerce So. NJ

Date: Wed, September 21, 2022 - 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
Location: Rowan College at Burlington County, Mt Laurel, NJ 08054
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resources-for-growth-small-business-event-tickets-392725952897

At the 2022 NJFPA Conference, we talked about the many resources and advantages to doing business in New Jersey. Come find them in one place! Meet with representatives of the programs involved including:

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2022 Conference Thank You!

Thank You for an Amazing Day!

Full Program & Speakers | Exhibitor List | Sponsors List | Photo Album

Going from not being sure that the event would even happen to one of our biggest turnouts yet has been an exciting few months. This truly is a member-driven organization and the conference could not have been accomplished without the leadership, advice, and direction of our Board of Directors, Education Committee, and all the members who stepped up as speakers, exhibitors, and event staff.

Check out some of the event pictures posted on LinkedIn and our Facebook album.

Make sure you have your calendar marked for our upcoming May 10th On The Road event, June 28th Golf Outing, and are subscribed to our newsletter for updates.

2022 Keynote Speaker Tim Sullivan

Welcome Our Conference Keynote Speaker!

Since February 2018 Tim has led the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth, and is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy.
The NJ Food Processor's Association is looking forward to convening at Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City for the 2022 Annual Conference. Our theme for the spring event is “Rescue Your Risk: Know the Odds,” where you can get an in-depth look at the risks - and solutions - in the food industry today.

Don't Miss the NJFPA Conference Exhibit Hall

Processors, Don't Miss These Exhibits!

The response from exhibitors and sponsors to this year's conference has been tremendous! Don't miss your chance to nail down what you need for your business all in one room.

  • Don't just search the web for services - talk to multiple providers at once and find who fits your needs and your budget.
    • Packaging, flavoring, cold storage, construction, insurance, software, automation, and more... 
  • Find new community resources - Chambers of Commerce, County Business Hubs, state incentives and grants.

  • See the latest trends - entrepreneurs from the Rutgers Food Innovation Center, vegetarian and plant-based trends.

  • Give back with your community - Learn more about the charitable work of the Mid Atlantic Food Trade Association (MAFTO).

    Register Today!

NJFPA Conference Exhibitors

Book your 2022 Conference Exhibit Table Today!

Exhibitor Details and Registration Form (PDF) -  Online Exhibitor Payment 

Exhibit table location will be randomly pre-assigned. Included in your $900 is:

  • Six (6’) table with two chairs and two (2) attendee passes
  • Access to electricity (if requested in advance)
  • Company listing and description included in exhibitor hand out distributed to all attendees and posted online at the completion of the conference
  • Electronic mailing list of attendees after the completion of the event
  • Shipping: Harrah’s outsources all of their shipping / receiving to a drayage company (Vista). We cannot guarantee receipt of your materials unless you work with Vista. (The NJFPA will facilitate your connection with Vista.) There are charges for the advance shipping of all size boxes and displays. We highly recommend bringing whatever you can, along with your own hand truck. To bring on your own, you will need your own hand truck through the valet parking area.

NJFPA Annual Conference Sponsors

2022 Conference Sponsorship 

Sponsorship of the NJFPA Annual Conference represents an opportunity for creative engagement with both food processors and the partners that support the industry. Throughout the event, attendees discuss best practices, learn about the latest trends, explore solutions to our shared challenges, and network with new friends and familiar faces. Through sponsorship, your organization can be associated with leaders in our community. 

Thank you to our 2022 Conference sponsors!

Reducing and Recovering Food Waste

Reducing and Recovering Food Waste with the Center for EcoTechnology (CET)

Education Chair Brian Tannenhause of BD Construction attended the NJ DEP Food Waste Virtual Stakeholder Meeting on behalf of the NJFPA to discuss the Food Waste Recycling and Food Waste-to-Energy Production Law (P.L. 2020, c. 24).  Brian invited fellow attendee non-profit Center for EcoTechnology (CET) to share their expertise with our members:


 

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We Need You: 2022 Survey on NJ Food Processing

NJFPA's Annual Industry Benchmarking Effort

After the insightful results of 2021's benchmarking survey, your NJFPA community wants to know where you and your company are now.

If you work in food processing, we invite you to take part in an 8-minute survey that the New Jersey Food Processors Association is conducting with Grassi's Manufacturing & Distribution practice and Crain's New York Business. The results from this survey will generate comprehensive industry benchmarks that your business can leverage.


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2022 Annual Conference

NJFPA 2022 Annual Conference
Friday, March 18, 2022 - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Program | Registration | Exhibitors | Sponsorship | Accommodations

The New Jersey Food Processors Association is thrilled to announce that we will be returning to Atlantic City for our 2022 Annual Conference! At Harrah's Resort, Atlantic City the NJFPA community will come together on the theme of  "Rescue Your Risk" - get the latest information and first-hand perspectives on reducing your business risk from workforce issues, supply chain disruption, food safety, regulations, and more. Bookmark the conference page and make sure you are subscribed to our newsletter for updates.



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NJFPA Fall Think Tank - POSTPONED

Supply Chain Disruptions - Meet Our Round Table Moderators

NJFPA Fall Think Tank
Friday, October 15th - 9 AM - 1:30 PM - POSTPONED - STAY TUNED
Rutgers EcoComplex, Bordentown, NJ
Non-Members: $40 | Members: $30

Join us to discuss the challenge that we are all facing - Supply Chain Disruptions.  Discuss People, Forecasting, and Transportation during three 30 minute rotating round tables. Our moderators will drive a discussion with solid outcomes and actionable follow-ups.  



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NJFPA Fall Think Tank - Supply Chain

Supply Chain Disruptions - People, Transportation, & Forecasting

NJFPA Fall Think Tank
Friday, October 15th - 9 AM - 1:30 PM

Non-Members: $60 | Members: $50 - Registration starting next week!

One of the most important issues to face every industry this year has been supply chain disruption. Get together with your peers to discuss the specific local challenges for food processors on the ground in NJ, who has found successful solutions and what NJFPA collaborations could bring to the table.

Expert moderators will lead round table discussions focused on three main topics:
  • People - Cielo Talent
    Labor challenges related to staffing, no shows, recruiting, and more.
     
  • Transportation - Mark McEntire, SVP of Ops at Transplace.com
    Ocean container shortages, trucking carrier/driver availability, longer lead times and unexpected delays on critical materials.
     
  • Forecasting - Pearl Mattison, Director, Demand and Network Planning, Lassonde
    Consumer stockpiling, increased demand, back to school uncertainty, communication challenges, climate change impact to crops, extreme weather events, direct/indirect impacts.
For more information about the event, or details on our health and safety protocols, please email [email protected]

2021 Association Survey

What can NJFPA do for you?

Help NJFPA help you! The NJFPA is a member driven organization. The services and programming we provide our community depend on the feedback we receive from you.

Please tell us what YOU need from a professional association. As a token of our appreciation, the NJFPA will select three winners to receive a $75 Amazon gift card.

Take the NJFPA Survey

NJFPA Membership Survey

NJFPA Wants to Hear From YOU!

Imagine an organization that is truly looking for your feedback, is committed to listening to what you have to say, and is determined to use that information to strengthen what they do. 

That's the NJFPA.

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Episode 2 of the Food Forum Podcast with Roma McCaig

Roma McCaig talks ESG with the NJFPA Food Forum

Bill Mandia, Partner at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, speaks with Roma McCaig, VP of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability at Campbell Soup Company and keynote speaker for NJFPA’s 2021 Annual Conference, about ESG: environmental, social and governance strategy and why it is important to every business large and small. 

And a special note...Roma was just named to GreenBiz’s “25 badass women leading corporate climate action list” for 2021!

Listen to Hear: 

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Conference Training: CFR 117 subpart B

Rutgers Food Innovation Center Presents NEW Training at the 2021 NJFPA Conference
First time offered to the public!

Thursday, April 22nd (9:00 AM to 4:30 PM)
A Deep Dive discussion into the NEW FDA Regulations - CFR 117 subpart B offering Regulatory Views vs. Food Processing Concerns including changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presented by Rutgers Food Innovation Center 

CFR 117 (B) was just the first of many new food-related regulations that the FDA has released as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and covers the basic requirements of the Good Manufacturing Practices, Adverse Health, personal hygiene and Allergen handling requirements for food handlers working in a food processing-type environment. Participants will learn how to better comply with FDA rules, while also earning a Rutgers Certificate of Training needed to show compliance with some of the new FDA training documentation requirements.


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2021 Conference Schedule

2021 Annual Conference, Presented by M&T Bank

Education Days: April 22nd and 29th (both Thursdays)
Session Days: April 23rd and 30th (both Fridays)
All Elements Are Virtual This Year

This year's conference features an expanded schedule of presentations along with two standalone educational offerings and special pre-conference experiences.


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Environmental, Social, and Governance with Mazars

NJFPA member, Mazars is proud to sponsor the upcoming Food Institute webinar: ESG Best Practices For The Food Industry. Join them on Thursday, Feb. 25 for an overview of the Environmental, Social, and Governance movement and review best practices for implementing ESG across operations. Also, hear from industry leaders Barilla Group and Just Salad as they share their approaches on tackling ESG issues within their companies. The panel will also be joined by William Hughes, Sustainability Services Lead, Mazars.

Who Should Attend:
• Food Manufacturers
• Food Retailers
• Foodservice Operators
• Agricultural Companies

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The NJFPA will be building on this session during our
Virtual 2021 Annual Conference (April 23rd and 30th) - details coming soon.